West Ham United captain Mark Noble has called on all Premier League clubs to sing the Liverpool anthem when football returns.
Football fans are notoriously tribal in their rivalries. It is one of the big things that makes English football great.
And West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool fans are prime examples.
Both West Ham and Liverpool have famous anthems. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and You’ll Never Walk Alone ring out before and during matches.
Pandemic puts football in perspective
It already feels like a lifetime ago they were being belted out after the coronavirus pandemic shutdown football – and indeed the entire country.
West Ham and Liverpool have found themselves at the heart of what to do next.
There is growing uncertainty over when or even if the season will resume.
West Ham vice-chairman angered her own fans and those of champions-elect Liverpool when she insisted the campaign should be null and void (The Sun).
The unpopular figure has since backtracked after an ear-bashing from Hammers co-owner David Sullivan (Daily Mail).
NHS staff replace football stars as nation’s heroes
Football bosses have shut everything down until April 30th at the earliest. But that date looks likely to be pushed back further.
The pandemic has sparked fresh debate over the absurd money and salaries in top level football.
Against the backdrop of the low paid, high risk work being done by the NHS, some supporters want change.
Many see this as a lesson to get our priorities right.
West Ham captain Mark Noble showed he certainly appreciates what the NHS are doing for us.
And taking to Twitter after the nationwide #clapforourcarers on Thursday night, the Hammers skipper said he wants to see all Premier League teams sing Liverpool’s famous anthem when football does eventually return.
Noble shared a video of NHS staff playing the song and coming together to support one another in a hospital either side of a door to a sealed off intensive care unit.
West Ham captain wants all fans to sing Liverpool anthem
And he wants it sung around the country as a mark of respect when the beautiful game returns.
“When we pull through these tough times and get back playing every football club around the country should play this before we kickoff to show our appreciation for the NHS and the loved ones families have lost.”
When we pull through these tough times and get back playing Every football club around the country should play this before we kickoff to show our appreciation for the @NHSuk and the loved ones families have lost. @WestHam @premierleague https://t.co/RuFufMnLJv
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) March 26, 2020
That would be asking the likes West Ham fans and those of Liverpool’s fierce rivals Manchester United to do something quite unprecedented.
But in the grand scheme of things is it really much to ask? Surely supporters can set aside their differences and allegiances for a few moments. After all it could be a quite spectacular show of solidarity and gratitude?
So whether you are West Ham, Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea or a fan of another team, would you sing the Liverpool anthem as a mark of respect to the NHS when football returns as Noble has suggested?